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iTunes 11 UI

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nyolc8    158

As you know, iTunes 11 coming in october with brand new UI. I looked on apple website and I just noticed that the window having new lighter grey colors, flatter window borders and glassier window control buttons (x - +) with almost no border. Maybe OS X 10.9 design started to appear...?

Those window control buttons starting to look like a little bit retro for me.

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pixelpixel    47

My win 7 64 bit keeps falling over. :(

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myxomatosis    475

WTF Apple? Where is Ping??? :angry:

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Pas    14

regarding Cover Flow, it seems i may have been the only person to use it but i found it to be the best interface in iTunes. using cover flow, i could see the cover art of the album i was listening to plus see the track listing at the same time. i'm sorry, folks, but i found that to be very useful. i realize the album art and track listing can still be viewed by using the "Artist" list but i prefer the cover flow interface. oh well, it seems Apple decided since i was the only person to use cover flow, it was no longer needed. ;) i guess i'll have to adjust to the new "expanded View" of iTunes 11.

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Lunfai    25

iTunes 11 looks ugly on Windows, the font rendering is ugly. Glad I can use the Mac version. Also, what's with the new icon?, it's not even the same base as the App Store Icon. The inner ring on the white border is thicker, and the icon itself has a slight gradient and shadow, whereas the App Store icon plain with a slight shadow. :(

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myxomatosis    475

Anybody tried iTunes 11 for Windows on a Retina MacBook Pro? How does it look? Version 10.7 didn?t scale and was blurry

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PyX    140

Wow, I've been waiting about 3 years for that release, and I'm not deceived. It's very appreciated.

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Shadrack    601

regarding Cover Flow, it seems i may have been the only person to use it but i found it to be the best interface in iTunes. using cover flow, i could see the cover art of the album i was listening to plus see the track listing at the same time. i'm sorry, folks, but i found that to be very useful. i realize the album art and track listing can still be viewed by using the "Artist" list but i prefer the cover flow interface. oh well, it seems Apple decided since i was the only person to use cover flow, it was no longer needed. ;) i guess i'll have to adjust to the new "expanded View" of iTunes 11.

Coverflow actually started as a 3rd party app. I'm not sure if Apple bought them out or just ripped the original off... If you are on Mac, I'm sure there will be a 3rd party Coverflow app (as that is what it was originally). For PC? Maybe... I remember liking the separate app more, because I could always leave it open on my desktop while iTunes could be in another desktop or whatever.

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PyX    140

You're clueless. Investors don't give two ****s about how iTunes runs.

Lol. If the new iTunes ran like crap, iPhone and iPod sales would run like crap, too. I've heard countless number of people say "I don't buy Apple products because iTunes sucks".

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.Neo    1,834
Coverflow actually started as a 3rd party app. I'm not sure if Apple bought them out or just ripped the original off...

Apple bought it.

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Denis W.    725

Scrolling through the app list for my iOS devices is still atrociously slow. Would've liked at least a very faint 1px border around the app as it looks pretty silly on Windows 8 while in the background and with no border. The fonts could be a bit smaller, especially for iOS device management:

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Otherwise, not a bad release overall. I would prefer they use a snappier GUI toolkit, but I suppose that's the downside of quick and dirty ports. It's not catastrophically slow by any measure though. And about the lack of automatic folder monitoring - I actually prefer having no monitoring. There are some albums in my Music folder that I would prefer to not show up in my iTunes library, which is directly synced to my iOS devices. Also I do like that there is an option to revert the UI to the older iTunes 10 layout.

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.Neo    1,834

That ugly dotted selection line is still there in Wondows 8 huh? Wow.

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virtorio    2,534

That ugly dotted selection line is still there in Wondows 8 huh? Wow.

Microsoft can't let go of their early 90s style focus rectangles.

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Quillz    923

Microsoft can't let go of their early 90s style focus rectangles.

It's more a case of not letting go of legacy code and design. Which seems to be the case with iTunes, as well.

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Denis W.    725

That ugly dotted selection line is still there in Wondows 8 huh? Wow.

Yeah it's annoying. It's not necessary for buttons which have had a specific 'highlighted' style since Windows 95, but you still need those marching ants for checkboxes and things which don't have a separate highlighted state.

There's a tool lying around Neowin to disable those marching ants, but then good luck trying to tab through controls.

Oh and if you thought this was gone in Metro - think again.

Anyways, enough offtopicness :p

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kevpan815    6

I am having problems with it Freezing in Windows 8 when I try to Turn on the ITunes Match Service and Import my Music Library from Apple's ICloud Servers! Is anyone else having the same Problem?

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HawkMan    5,230

Yeah, god damn it. How dare this iTunesHelper service and iPodServices service take 80k of my 16GB of memory. Shiesh Apple.

They are completely unnecessary and does cause latency in other apps by using a few CPU cycles and being in the queue when they don't need to. Windows vista, 7 and 8 all have the device central that will detect ANY device that's connected and perform the default action, in this case launch iTunes.

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HawkMan    5,230

t also means that Apple doesn't need to implement netbios (a microsoft technology) on iOS devices (which wouldn't make sense).

Yeah, of course all device makes should make their own network handshaking protocols instead of just using the standard one, that'll be awesome, especially if they're all as chatty as bonjour.

Yes it would make sense. It's called standardization, and if they must have bonjour, implement it as a network service in the network stack, not as a process.

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.Neo    1,834

It's more a case of not letting go of legacy code and design. Which seems to be the case with iTunes, as well.

At least it doesn't have Mac OS 9 selection frames. :p

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Aaron Olive    141

Dude seriously, if you're trying to look smart here let me be the first one to break the news: You don't.

Everything points to iTunes 11 being iTunes 10 with an updated interface. From the Preferences window still being non-standard to all the resources being packed in iTunes.rsrc.

Not everything point's to a re-skin and i'm a person that has made 3 skins and updated them for each version for iTunes for the past 2 years. The .rsrc file is used for mostly all of the OS X applications, Photoshop, Final cut and even Finder itself, this is standard coding procedure for OS X apps and allows the UX designer to easily modify the files for the interface of the program. The preference window is standard looking like should be, it matches system wide for all of the OS X apps, so i don't understand your complaint here. The binary execuatable file has been rewritten somewhat and is what caused the delay to begin with which is included in this WSJ report.

The new iTunes has been delayed a month by engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt

So you should just leave it alone and enjoy this free piece of software that the people @ Apple worked very hard on to deliver to you.

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Quillz    923

The preference window isn't standard looking, though. Nowhere else in OS X do you have to press "Okay" to commit the changes, only in iTunes.

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HawkMan    5,230

Not everything point's to a re-skin and i'm a person that has made 3 skins and updated them for each version for iTunes for the past 2 years. The .rsrc file is used for mostly all of the OS X applications, Photoshop, Final cut and even Finder itself, this is standard coding procedure for OS X apps and allows the UX designer to easily modify the files for the interface of the program. The preference window is standard looking like should be, it matches system wide for all of the OS X apps, so i don't understand your complaint here. The binary execuatable file has been rewritten somewhat and is what caused the delay to begin with which is included in this WSJ report.

So you should just leave it alone and enjoy this free piece of software that the people @ Apple worked very hard on to deliver to you.

We're talking a little deeper "re-skin" than just skinning he app here. Which is why where saying re-wrote the ui, or rather partially re-wrote the ui

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Aaron Olive    141

We're talking a little deeper "re-skin" than just skinning he app here. Which is why where saying re-wrote the ui, or rather partially re-wrote the ui

Well my experience with 10.7 was fine, it played music, it didn't crash on me ever, and RAM usage wasn't a issue due to having 8 Gb's of it so for those screaming for a complete rewrite from the ground up for a media player is odd when it performs it's core functionality fine.

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Jub Fequois    417

Also I do like that there is an option to revert the UI to the older iTunes 10 layout.

Where is that option? :o

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Aaron Olive    141

Where is that option? :o

CMD+/ and CMD+OPT+S

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Jub Fequois    417

CMD+/ and CMD+OPT+S

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Ah, okay. Not the view I was looking for. But thanks!

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